A spate of unattended campfires in national parks and state forests has prompted authorities to urge campers to take greater care over the summer period.ELAINE COONEY January 3, 2013 4:23am
Campers and day-trippers this holiday period are being warned that unattended campfires can quickly turn into bushfires.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said every holiday period the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria officers saw a spate of campfires in national parks and state forests left unattended or not put out properly.
‘‘About 10 per cent of fires in Victoria’s parks and forests are started by campfire escapes, and that’s 10 per cent of bushfires that could have been prevented,’’ he said.
‘‘Many parts of the state are drier this year than in the past couple of years and with a bit of wind, sparks can carry and start a bushfire quickly.’’
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